I am currently looking for speakers for my home office system, with a budget of around $1200 - $1500. There are a number of speakers in this range obviously, yet I have several limiting factors that are making the search more difficult than I'd thought and so I have come here to all for help.
So, what are these limiting factors? I am glad you asked! Here comes a list, and please keep in mind, suggestions must meet all of the qualifications, not just some ...
1. No powered speakers. I already have a very capable amp at 40wpc in triode mode, 80wpc in ultra linear mode. The room in question is 9x12 with 10 foot ceilings, so that is plenty of power. Most listening will be done from a nearfield position as well, with a moderate amount from a couch that is 10 feet away.
2. Desktop or bookshelf designs are preferred. I will be putting these on short stands (heavy bricks actually) to reduce vibrations, but ultimately, they will live on my desk. The width and depth therefore should not exceed 11 and 10 inches respectively. Some shorter models of floor-standing speakers might work, but only if they are less than 26 inches high and no more than 15 inches wide and 15 inches deep.
3. A speaker + sub combo is fine, as long as the sub isn't enormous and provided that the total cost of the system does not exceed $1500.
So far I've looked at all of these, and have only definitively ruled out the ones with a star next to them. Ones I am on the fence about will have a ** and explanation.
Magnepan Mini Maggie** - I've been told my amp is not powerful enough to use these, probably even for nearfield use. A suitably fast sub would be needed too, making this combo probably too expensive. I'd love to be wrong though.
KEF LS50** - See comments on Magnepan + sub above
Zu Audio Cube + 3rd party sub** - May be too large for my desk. Also, see comments on Magnepan + sub above.
Zu Omen Bookshelf
PSB Imagine B + 3rd party sub
Decware DM945 + 3rd party sub
Parker 95 Signature + 3rd party sub
Loth-X Ion 1, possibly Ion 3 + 3rd party sub
B&W CM5 + 3rd party sub
I have not started looking at complementary subwoofers for any options above, so any thoughts on this topic are appreciated. Again, I only have $1500 to spend in total so that would have to be considered when a sub is introduced into the picture.
I have done tons of research on this stuff, but I don't live near any hi-fi stores, so listening first is going top be a challenge. Ideally I'd like to have a shortlist and make a day trip listening and pick something up that day. For some of these options that will be impossible, so if anyone has any of the speakers above and can comment, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Thanks for looking, I'm excited to see your suggestions